Four years after announcing his health-related retirement from touring, Neil Diamond has made a rare public appearance over the weekend to sing his trademark song, ‘Sweet Caroline’.
As Rolling Stone reports, the performance took place at Boston’s Fenway Park, where it has been an eighth inning anthem for 25 years. Footage of the incident shows an enthusiastic Diamond singing the song as fans graciously joining in on the event.
This isn’t the first time that Diamond has appeared at a Boston Red Sox game to sing the song, having previously done so back in 2010 and 2013.
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Neil Diamond had previously announced his retirement from touring back in 2018, cancelling a planned Australian leg of a 50th anniversary tour, Diamond revealed that he had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease, with management explaining that its effects had made it “difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis”.
Despite this, Diamond assured fans he planned to “remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come”.
While his last full concert took place in October of 2017, Diamond has since made a handful of brief live appearances, with his most recent being a seven-song set in Las Vegas in March of 2020.